Denver Metro Art News
- Published on November 26, 2014
- Written by Ken Hamel
‘Cloudscape’ Sculpture Floats Home from Denver International Airport to the Children’s Museum of Denver
Christopher Lavery’s Cloudscape
Denver International Airport (DIA) and the Children’s Museum of Denver are pleased to announce Christopher Lavery’s sculpture, “Cloudscape,” which has been on temporary display at the airport since 2010, will be on permanent display at the Children’s Museum of Denver. In addition to museum visitors, travelers along I-25 will be able to enjoy their beauty.
“Cloudscape” is a series of three large-scale sculptural objects comprised of clouds perched atop steel towers reminiscent of the oil well towers, water pump, and utility towers scattered across Colorado. These playful clouds, ranging in size from 15 feet to 40 feet, were installed in 2010 through the City and County of Denver’s Public Art Program and greeted travelers for the last four years. However, the project was always meant to be temporary to encourage a unique experience for travelers along Peña Boulevard.
“The temporality of this project provided a unique partnership opportunity with the City and County of Denver and the Children’s Museum of Denver,” said DIA Art and Culture Program Manager, Chris Stevens. “The artist, Christopher Lavery, first generously donated the sculpture to the City, and now the Children’s Museum is providing a long-term home for the work. I am so pleased the community will continue to be able to view this whimsical piece of artwork nearby.”
“Cloudscape” has “floated” away from Denver International Airport and will be installed at the Children’s Museum of Denver early 2015. The works have been disassembled and transported from the airport to local fabrication studio JunoWorks. While at JunoWorks, the sculptures will be slightly refurbished to address the specifics of the work’s new site.
“We are thrilled to partner with DIA and Arts & Venues to move this beloved sculpture to the Children’s Museum,” said Mike Yankovich, president and CEO of the Children’s Museum of Denver. “Cloudscape will be the perfect addition to our soon to be 9-acre campus and expanded Museum, opening late 2015. It will be a public art piece that the children of Colorado can call their own.”
About DIA’s Art and Culture Program: DIA’s Art and Culture Program administers the City and County of Denver’s “one percent for art” ordinance which enhances public places and features nearly 30 site-specific works including sculptures, murals and other installations. The pieces are displayed in outdoor landscapes, inside Jeppesen Terminal and on airport concourses, as well as in the train tunnels and on the train itself. In addition to its permanent art collection, DIA curates temporary exhibitions, collaborating with museums, cultural institutions and arts organizations to present the highest quality two- and three-dimensional work. For more information, visit www.flydenver.com/about/art_culture.
DIA was named “Best U.S. Airport for Art” in USA Today’s “10Best Reader’s Choice” travel contest in 2013. The category focuses on how airports have been transforming from utilitarian hubs of transport to spaces with beautiful works of art, great restaurants, comfy lounges and terrific shopping. DIA was selected by readers as the favorite among 20 airports nominated by the publication.
About Children’s Museum of Denver: At the Children's Museum of Denver we believe in kid-powered learning. Every day, our expertly designed exhibits and programs open doors for Colorado's curious young minds to express what they know and to discover, create and explore more - on their own terms. Since 1973, the Children’s Museum of Denver has served the metro-Denver community as a learning institute dedicated to the education and growth of young children, newborn through age 8, and their caregivers.
Last year, we served more than 348,000 children and their grown-ups. The Museum provides rich play experiences and a dynamic learning environment for children to joyously learn through play. We offer innovative and interactive Playscapes (hands-on exhibits), engaging daily programming and exciting year-round special events.